I remember when I first read Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain. I was flying on business for work and decided that my four-hour flight would be the perfect time to relax to the novel I was given. Little did I know that reading it would make me grip the chair arms in terror as we were approaching landing and later keep me awake all night upon my arrival. I am personally a huge fan of The Strain Trilogy, and so I was thrilled when I heard it was finally being turned into a television series. You see – The Strain was never meant to be a book. Del Toro initially wrote it to be a show, and pulled Chuck Hogan on board when it just wasn’t getting enough steam and transformed it into the trilogy we have today. And now thanks to FX? Vampire fans who just aren’t into reading, or fans of the series with a hankering for more can now catch The Strain on FX every Sunday.
A plane has landed at JFK Airport. Nothing impressive, right? Well, the plane? Is dead. Literally. Communication is off. Power is off and? It’s cold. I’m not sure if you’ve ever touched the hood of your car once it’s parked after a long road trip but it’s HOT. So immediately back up is called in. Security, FBI, and the CDC. What they discover is about to change the course of human history. The Strain is not your average vampire story. There is a distinct lack of sex and allure to these creatures of the night. And there certainly isn’t any sparkling. Per Del Toro’s style there exists a certain level of gruesomeness and terror in his creatures (my skin just CRAWLED looking at the capillary worms). And while they may look human at first, don’t plan on them staying like that for very long.
Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC Canary team, and his teammate (and former lover), Dr. Nora Martinez, are the first to enter the dead plane’s cabin and thus far are fantastic representations of their printed characters. Or Eldritch Palmer, a man who has everything he’s ever wanted except? Eternal life. However, David Bradley playing Professor Abraham Sterakian, a Holocaught-surviving super badass literally stole the show (as he did in the novel). That being said, the acting and plot layout were slightly more . . . cheesy than I expected. And while the introduction of some other characters left them feeling very flat and useless, I know further down the line they’ll develop them into more than just premiere fluff (see: Dr. Goodweather’s family).
So what did you think of FX’s The Strain? I hope FX and viewers give this show a chance. If only for my own selfishness. I have a feeling those who may not have bit the vampire bullet after episode one will grow more entranced with the show and story line as it continues.